But the Three Lions managed to scrape it back 4-3 on penalties and it all came at a cost to Colombia who are now receiving death threats from fans.
His progress is perhaps best summed up by a tweet he sent six years ago, which has been widely shared in the time since he helped England to the last eight of the World Cup.
Pickford hit back at his critics afterwards and said: "I have got power and agility. We still have a long way to go at this tournament".
Forsberg is also Sweden's set-piece specialist and will relish the chance to go for goal should his team be awarded a free-kick around the England penalty area. "I don't care if I'm not the biggest keeper because it's about being there in the moment and making the save, and I was", he said after the clash.
England hero and goalkeeper, Jordan Pickford, was being supported by his extremely tense girlfriend Megan Davison.
Dier, who had to step up fifth in the shootout after coming on as a substitute, confessed: "It was a nervous one".
"I felt like I had to score after that header I missed at the end".
"Incredible. He's a fantastic goalkeeper, fantastic attitude and he deserves everything". He was fantastic in the shoot-out.
Colombia's hopes suffered a huge setback before kickoff when key playmaker James Rodriguez was ruled out with a calf injury and without him they took a defensive approach and never rarely threatened. "Not only that but as a person and everyone thinks he is one of the best players in the world now - he is in the top five and things can only get better".
Mostly aimed at Bacca who fans thought took the worse penalty and played badly, the posts warned the players they were "dead', urged them to kill themselves and told them not to return to the South American country".